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Lynden Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Lynden Police Department
    203 19th ST
    Lynden, Washington 98264
    Phone: 360-354-2828
    Department Website

Agency Added: 09/23/2016 | Last updated: 01/08/2019

Community Information

The City of Lynden is located in the northwest corner of Whatcom County, Washington and covers 2,912 acres (4.55 square miles). The City of Lynden is the second largest city in Whatcom County behind Bellingham. Located on a bluff above the fertile Nooksack River valley, it is between two of North America’s most attractive metropolitan centers only one hour south of Vancouver, B.C. and two hours north of Seattle.

Lynden is a city of just under 13,000 people, located in the mild climate of northwest Washington, just four miles south of the Canadian border and 15 miles north of Bellingham. The natural beauty of Mt. Baker and the San Juan Islands, plus the metropolitan attractions of Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., are within a short drive. Located about 4 miles south of the Canadian Border, agriculture provides a major employment base. The city has some industrial development land and a regional airport. Lynden is the site of an 18 hole golf course, strong Public and Private K-12 school systems and a thriving downtown business district including a new hotel. So much of what Lynden is today comes from the hard work and high standards of those who settled early in Lynden in the late 1880’s. Lynden has a legacy of self-reliance and citizens that are dedicated to the community. Lynden is known as a great place to raise a family – a reputation enhanced by its abundance of churches.

You can also refer to http://www.lyndenwa.org/ for more information.

Department Information

Our department currently has 15 commissioned officers. Of those officers, we have a Chief, Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, 1 Detective, 10 patrol officers and 1 Code Enforcement Officer. We also employ 2 records Support Staff and 1 Supervising Support Services Manager. In addition, we currently have 1 reserve officer, 2 clerical volunteers and up to 8 senior volunteers who work within our Senior Traffic And Residential Security (STARS) program. Specialty positions include, Detective, Field Training Officer, and Firearms Instructor. There are a few expected retirements in the upcoming year, and there is an expected additional officer in the 2018 proposed budget. Lynden is a more traditional small town with community policing at its core. One detective handles all felony cases and some misdemeanor crimes. Bike patrol is also available to interested officers.

The Northwest Washington Fair commences in the middle of August each year with approximately 30,000 people visiting from all over the northwest and Canada for the six day event.

Area Information

  • County: Whatcom
  • Population: 13,380
  • # of Staff: 15 sworn Officers

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED High school graduates only.    
Driver's License Required Yes X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No felony convictions - Automatic disqualifier    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile No felony convictions - Automatic disqualifier    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Per LEOFF requirement.    
College Requirement No    
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Successful Completion after hire.    
Other This agency does not allow Out of State Testing.    
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider all the scores from the same applicant    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Automatic3 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
AutomaticNo at fault collisions where applicant was uninsured within the past 5 years
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 7 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 7 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal opiate use.
AutomaticA candidate will be automatically disqualified if they have ever used any type of Hallucinogenic drug.
AutomaticIllegal use of 2 or more different controlled substances.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
AutomaticAny use of marijuana in the past 5 years.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
PotentialAny previously undetected criminal activity discovered during the testing process will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic2 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.
AutomaticWithdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: Dishonesty, Pending criminal charges.
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
PotentialInstances of detected or undetected employee theft will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialIllegal sexual activity will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

The City of Lynden is establishing an eligibility roster for the position of Lateral Police Officer. The list will be used to fill vacancies occurring for at least (6) months from the date the list is certified by the Civil Service Commission.

Salary Information

$5,167 - $6,723 per month, plus benefits and incentive pay.

Benefit Information

Benefits include health, dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage for the employee, spouse and dependents with minimal employee contribution. Employees receive vacation, sick leave, holidays, and retirement benefits.